Believe it or not: 10 haunted places in Salt Lake City

Rio Grande Train Depot, 300 S. Rio Grande St. Next » 1 of 10 « Prev
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Currently the home of the Utah State Historical Society, people began to notice the hauntings in 1940. The Rio Grande Train Depot was constructed in 1910 by The Rio Grande Western Railroad, and was in operation from 1910-1947, as reported by Haunted Houses.

The most popular apparition is known as "The Purple Lady." One story says the woman met her fiancé at the train station as he was leaving for either World War I or World War II. The two got into an argument and called off the engagement. The man took the engagement ring and threw it into the train tracks. When the woman went to retrieve it, she was struck and killed by a train.

She's most often seen near the north side of the depot around the cafe. The Utah Historical Society had the following account of the purple lady from one of their employees: Christine Gustin, a secretary for the society in 1992, said that a woman named Heidi went into the women's restroom and was overcome by an "angry, vicious feeling she couldn't understand."

"She turned to see a black-haired woman wearing a long, purple sequined dress and sitting on the couch. She ran out of the bathroom," Gustin said.

According to the society, the depot has another ghost said to haunt the building, known as the tunnel ghost. The ghost is of a man who was killed during construction of a tunnel between the train depot and the power plant next door.
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Black Shirts
Mckinney, TX

I worked at the Hotel and delivered room service to this family a few times. The father would hide his family when I delivered food. It was the 11th floor and the Alta suite, which is the middle room facing east.

Salt Lake City, UT

Speaking of haunted locations, I had hoped the Salt Lake Masonic Temple would make the list. It's believed there is a ghost we call Charlie. No one is sure of Charlie's origins, but he is well known in the building. Charlie likes to haunt the elevator, stopping it on the wrong floor. He likes the third floor. We think it's because that is where the ladies tea room is located. Maybe he likes the view of the great Hall. Sometimes he sends us to the sixth floor, which is mostly unused but does lead to the roof where there used to be dining and dancing. Elevator Technicians have found nothing wrong with the controls or any other reason for the unplanned stops, yet the elevator would stop at these locations going up or down.

Red Corvette
St. George, UT

I don't believe in the supernatural or ghosts either one, holy or not.

Manti, UT

At the time, about 12 years ago, we drove to Salt Lake City from another state. I had booked a room at the Shiloh Inn because of the good reputation of that hotel chain. Our room was on the eleventh floor, I believe. We walked in the room, exhausted from our long trip. We had just driven over 300 miles that day. The room seemed to close in around us, and there was such an extremely oppressive feeling there it felt deadly. We walked to the Salt Lake temple, then after attending a session, we went back to our room. That horrid feeling was still there and I was compelled to open the window. The windows were all bolted shut; there was no way to open them. Even though we were booked at the Shiloh Inn for three days we checked out the next morning because we couldn't live with that horrible feeling. Much later we found out the Shiloh Inn had been renamed from the International Dunes Hotel where all those people lost their lives by murder/suicide. So sad that feeling of terror, of immanent death was still there.

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